Top 10 Foods of 2016

Top 10 List

Any entry on this list would be well worth repeating.


Every Monday, Food of the Week celebrates my favorite dish from the previous seven days. I live in Los Angeles and was lucky enough to travel to places like Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto), Austin, Chicago, Miami, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Vancouver. Along the way, I took hundreds of hopeful bites. Look back at my 10 favorite dishes from 2016.

Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference.

Click on each link to learn more about each food in the Top 10.

5. Zak the Baker Latke

Jewish Food Miami

Zak the Baker’s creativity extends to latkes, served with country-smoked tuna, a fried egg, and tarragon sauce.

4. Emmer & Rye Short Rib Carnitas + Roti

Beef Austin

Emmer & Rye’s share-friendly, grain-focused restaurant makes room for short rib “carnitas.”

3. Lido Restaurant Pineapple Bun

Chinese Food Richmond

Lido’s signature bo lo bao (pineapple bun) benefits from plentiful butter.

2. Sweedeedee Salted Honey Pie

Pie Portland

Sweedeedee’s silky salted honey pie features local honey and Maldon sea salt.

1. Tempura Matsu Karasumi

Japanese Food Kyoto

Chef Toshio Matsuno’s stupendous kaiseki meal included binchotan grilled, house-cured mullet roe (karasumi).


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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